Just a hat kinda day.

All the lavender pinks to the front please.

I think this will be the 4th or 5th Oslo Hat I’ve made, first one with the updated pattern from March 2021. Mostly because I’m curious on what’s different ..and with chilly mornings & evenings setting in, it feels extra cozy to make woolly things.

I’m holding two strands of fingering weight together (like the pattern suggests), but I’m using two different colors for a soft marled effect. Cute boring stuff happening here.

Ok, first thing, the fold up brim is now joined on the needles instead of sewn, and honestly I kinda missed the whipstitched join of the original (this of course comes from someone who enjoys hand sewing), even still, I had a little bit of a tough time picking up stitches, because it’s not provisionally cast on (which gives you live stitches to work with), so you are literally just picking up a stitch in each cast on stitch and knitting it together with the stitch on the needle. Bonus – there is a video if you need assistance and you only use one circular needle ..but it’s tight work, like real tight. Also, I really hate the messy ball stage, ugh..

P. S I made the oranges smell like oranges! 🍊

16 rows deep, the hustle is setting in. I have to use a counter so I don’t f-up the decreases, not really for keeping count, just for knowing if I’m on an even or odd numbered round. ODD = remember to do the flipping decreases, EVEN = you’re doing great doing nothing. Oh, and remember when there aren’t many stitches left, stop and re-read the pattern, you’re almost done and there is a good chance in your race to finish, you will screw this up.

It’s funny, this is also the point where I really push the limits to see how few stitches I can continue to work using my 16″ circulars, before giving in and switching to double points, I don’t know why that switch out seems like such a damn chore.

The only other notable difference between the original Oslo and the updated pattern are the decrease stitches, it’s a different combo and there is now a stitch between them. I like the feathered look of them.

Squishy, freckled and done.

thinking of you

The studio has been quiet these days, deep thoughts and conversations about the world we live in, and how we will continue to educate, remind, and push ourselves to do better, acknowledging and changing the parts that cause harm, understanding the language we use to say things and the actions we take, can both help and hurt. Listening. Speaking up. Shutting shit down. Requiring the same of those around us, while understanding we are all at different points in our learning and unlearning, stumbling, backtracking, reading it again, and again, reaching out and continuing to grow, together.

This Walk Collection Linea bought in 2016, made into something in 2017, frogged after finishing and now becoming something new in 2020, it goes like that sometimes, today it’s a Tramonto Shawl along with a little handmade reminder of the June peonies. 💕

last day of april

Days spent making spring thread flowers, some sturdy cotton, some delicate mohair, along with afternoons sculpting little things. Right now I’m so captured with the rock like strength and slightly transparent matte glow of cold porcelain, that its inconsistencies and flaws (cracking while drying & shrinking) are an after thought. Both pastimes of no real purpose except being lovely to work on.

I started a Hexie Love Actually at the start of the Covid-19 Stay Home order, using all the bits, and giving myself permission to use the precious skeins, because holding onto “too good to use” yarn seems really silly at the moment.

(precious skein 💕)

Packed for travel with nowhere to go, but that’s the idea. Staying home because we can, is a privilege not everyone has, staying home because we are at higher risk is a necessity for some, so we need to look at staying home even when we’re bored, as a service to humankind, saving lives by not being complacent, impatient or ignorant during a pandemic, remember what’s happening worldwide, we can get comfortable with inconvenience once we realize the reality of what’s at stake. Oh and please wear a f’ing mask.

Off to a steady start, making cute little hexie dots. (I modified the regular blanket to a smaller size, there is a version called Mini Hexie Love Actually if you don’t want to fuss with it.)

Trying to randomly pick & place colors, and it’s so much harder than you’d think, chocolate bunny reassuring me all the while. Mild progress.

p.s I’ve never actually finished a yarn blanket.

Rice to curry ratio was off, so leftovers became rice pudding ..truthfully, we always try to make too much rice, because pudding is one of our favorites.

This is a very concerned grandma muffin that happened one crafternoon, she’s oatmeal, I think. 💕

(precious skein 💕)